Fans of the creepy, Emmy-winning FX television series American Horror Story are mourning this week, after scare-maker supreme Jessica Lange admitted at Paleyfest this past Sunday, that she was done with AHS.
At a Q&A panel with fellow American Horror Story stars Kathy Bates, Sarah Paulson, Michael Chiklis, Evan Peters, Denis O’Hare, Finn Wittrock, and executive producer Tim Minear, a fan asked the question that everyone had been dreading the answer to, and Lange confessed that the rumors were true.
“Yes, I’m done. We’ve had a great run here. I have absolutely loved doing these four characters that I’ve had the opportunity to play. In all the madness, I’ve loved the writers, my actors, Ryan and the whole, I mean, insanity of it, shooting here, shooting in New Orleans, the stories, everything.”
Lange, who has won two Emmys, a Golden Globe, and a SAG award for her characters on AHS, has run the gamut of creepy-but-cool personas. She played a treacherous Southern belle on AHS: Murder House; a drunken jezebel-turned-nun on AHS: Asylum; the self-serving supreme witch in AHS: Coven; and a German cabaret performer, who manages a carnival side show in AHS: Freak Show.
During the panel, which closed out Paleyfest Sunday night, Lange reminisced about her time on American Horror Story, and shared a personal anecdote that happened while filming season three’s Coven with the packed crowed at LA’s Dolby Theater.
“Months after we finished the third season, I’m walking down the street in New Orleans in raggedy jeans, a dirty T-shirt, and it’s like 150 degrees. I walk past this group of young boys sitting on these steps, and as I walk past, they say, ‘Holy s**tballs. The Supreme.’ And I thought, In my 40 years of acting, it’s never going to get better than this.”
Naturally, once the news broke that Jessica Lange was done with American Horror Story, the Twitterverse exploded with an outpouring love for the actress, and sadness and anger that she wouldn’t be returning.
Jessica Lange isn't returning to AHS I'm crying
— Gabz (@thegreatgabbsyy) March 16, 2015
— Neuge (@mydogeatspuke) March 17, 2015
— Lydia Barnett (@BarnettLydia94) March 17, 2015
While it is a sad day for AHS fans, there is some happy news to go along with it. As the Inquisitrpreviously reported, the self-proclaimed monster mother herself, Lady Gaga, will be joining the cast for the upcoming season, entitled American Horror Story: Hotel.
Along with Gaga, newcomers to AHS include Matt Bomer and Cheyenne Jackson, both of whom have previously worked with AHS creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk on their other hit TV series, Glee.
With Lange deciding she really is done with AHS, and Lady Gaga signing on for the new season — which starts in October, by the way — it seems we’ll be losing a supreme witch, but gaining a monster mama. As far as compromises go, that’s probably as fair as fans can ask for.
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